Valve’s Steam Box, which is expected to be in living rooms by 2013, is looking increasingly likely to be housed in an Xi3 Modular Computer Chassis, about the size of a grapefruit (which you can see in the picture, there).
Xi3 is a Utah-based hardware company, and they’ve just dropped a press release which claims Valve has invested in the company for the creation of a “new development stage product designed specifically to support both Steam® and its Big Picture™ mode for residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger high-def screens”.
“Housed in the uniquely shaped, grapefruit-size Xi3® Modular™ Computer chassis, this new development stage product is being showcased this week at the 2013 International CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada in booth #20425 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.”
“Xi3 also announced today it has received an investment from Valve Corporation. Xi3′s new development stage computer game system is also being showcased in Valve’s booth (#25730) at CES 2013. No additional details about Xi3′s new system or Valve’s investment in Xi3 will be released at this time.”
If the press release is true, we should know more about Valve’s hardware — including, hopefully, an official announcement from the company itself — later tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned.